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  • Locations: Princeton, United States
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Dept Offering Program: Global Health Program Type of Program: Research Project
Degree Level: 1st year u/g students, 2nd year u/g students, 3rd year u/g students
Program Description:

UNICEF: Strengthening Health Systems and Promoting Evidence-based Programming through Implementation Research

Location: Remote
Duration: 6-10 weeks, up to 20 hours/week
Number of Positions: 1
Stipend: Hourly Princeton student RA rate, based on actual hours worked

Faculty Supervisor: Alyssa Sharkey, Lecturer in Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and Senior Health Specialist, UNICEF

About: The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. UNICEF’s equity-focused and people-centered strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also provide a basis to further operationalize UNICEF’s approach.
 
Significant progress in maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health has been achieved over recent decades. Global under-five mortality dropped by more than half between 1990 and 2019 and global maternal mortality fell 38% between 2000 and 2017. Despite these achievements, significant inequities in intervention coverage and mortality remain, both among and within countries. While substantial evidence exists on what needs to be done, we have evidence gaps when it comes to identifying viable approaches for sustainable implementation and scale-up of responses to improve programmes for children. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has both reversed many of the gains made in recent years and increased inequities in maternal and child health.  UNICEF is working closely with its in-country government partners to support the maintenance and re-establishment of these critical services in order to save lives, and a key focus of this work has been on identifying strategies that are proven to improve equity and on implementation research (IR) to improve the implementation of life saving interventions.
 
Research Assistant Responsibilities: This internship will support the Implementation Research team within the Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) Unit at UNICEF New York to carry out priority activities during the summer of 2021. The overall objectives of the internship are:
 
1. to update UNICEF’s existing mapping of existing IR resources (i.e. IR experts, institutes, trainings, platforms) and update relevant database/websites accordingly 
2. to update UNICEF’s efforts to understand how the findings and recommendations from IR projects undertaken during 2020 and 2021 have been utilized and integrated into policies and programmes
3. to develop a better understanding of UNICEF’s work on IR to promote effective program implementation in countries
4. to gain exposure to how UNICEF operates across its global offices. 

The intern will provide operational and technical assistance that will support UNICEF’s implementation research work including: 
1. revised database of IR resources
2. data collection, data synthesis and reporting to update our existing survey of IR project in-country partners. 

Qualifications: Applicants should have basic knowledge of maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health issues and of health programs in low and middle-income countries. Knowledge of the literature pertaining to implementation research is a plus. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset. Must have excellent oral and written communication skills. Preferred qualities include: 1. ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment, with excellent inter-personal skills and willingness to learn from others; 2. high standards for quality of work and consistently achieving project goals, even under tight timelines; 3. ability to identify urgent and potentially difficult decisions and acts on them promptly.
 

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